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  1. 1999 E36 316i Compact OBD locaion
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    While cleaning my car today i noticed an OBD style plug under the dashoard beneath the steering wheel, i've not heard of these cars having both, but you guys will know more than me!

    Can anyone tell me if my car only has the 20-pin BMW connection, or if it actually does have the standard OBD2 connection also?

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    Some cars had both, but in most cases the 16 pin OBD plug doesn't work with OBD2 code readers, and you should always take the 20 pin plug under the bonnet in preference over others.

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    ok cheers mate, i have an elm327 but didn't want to plug it in (just being cautious lol), and just bought the 20-pin adapter but witing on delivery, just wanted to know if i wasted my money!

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    Feel free to try it, it will never cause any problems, but the OBD2 code reading was never officially unlocked until 2001, but there are some cars out there that do work with it.

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    In any event, only 2 modules were ever OBD2 compliant on the E36, the DME and EGS.

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